President pays respects to victims of tour bus crash

Taipei--President Tsai Ing-wen (???), Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (???) and Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan (???) visited Taipei's Second Funeral Parlor separately on Tuesday to pay their respects to the 33 people who were killed in a tour bus crash a day earlier, and sent their condolences to the bereaved families.

Tsai left after 15 minutes without talking to the press.

Immediately after she learned of the accident late Monday, the president expressed her condolences for the dead and directed the relevant authorities to help with the rescue work and aftermath.

The bus, which had 44 people on board including the driver and a tour guide, crashed on an exit ramp connecting Freeway No. 5 and Freeway No. 3 in Nangang District in eastern Taipei at about 9 p.m. Monday.

The tour group, consisting mostly of senior citizens, was on its way back to Taipei after a day of sightseeing at Wuling Farm in central Taiwan, a favorite tourist spot at this time of year, when cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

The 11 people who survived the crash are still being treated at various hospitals.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel